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Norwich City HC Round-Up: October 21st
23 Oct 2017
Norwich City Ladies 1st team continued their excellent start to their league season by thumping Watton 1s 9-3 at Taverham to maintain their 100% start in Division 1 to top the table after 5 games. They started off well with Felicity Williams opening the scoring after 60 seconds, before setting up her sister Olivia Williams for 2-0. F Williams wasn't quite down there as she added a 3rd before Watton pulled a goal back, this was a small highlight for Watton as Emily Francis and Krystal Bishop gave the score line a rather one sided look to it at the break. After the break Watton scored again but it was again short lived as Krystal Bishop knocked in another couple of goals, Ange Hindle made it 8-2 before Watton scrambled home another, however player of the match Abbie Ingham had the last laugh as she notched in City's ninth and firmly place City top of the pile in Division 1. The Ladies face a massive game next Saturday as they take on 2nd placed Harleston Magpies 2 at Taverham.  
The Mens 1st team had an equally good day as they notched up a routine 3-0 win away to West Herts, bouncing back from last week's disappointing draw at home to local rivals Dereham. City dominated the first half and it was only a matter of time before Luke Corden finished a good move with a death finish at the far post. City began to win a number of short corners and it was only a matter of time before Raunaq Rai converted his 4th goal of the season. City continued to play with Dan Cheesman setting up Luke Corden for his 2nd of the game as City lead 3-0 at half time. In the 2nd half City continued to create many chances leaving Ali Cooke in goal with very little to do all game. Despite City's best efforts they couldn't score a 4th and had to settle for a 3-0 win. City move up to 3rd in the table and are now 1 point of top in a tightly contested Prem B.  
The Ladies 2s had a tough pill to swallow as they lost out 2-1 at home to North Norfolk, City created numerous good chances as the forward line of Hannah Bush, Rosie Humphrey, Hannah Jarvis, Milly Brown and Alice Gill all played really well. It was a bit of shock when North Norfolk took the lead before Alice Gill won a penalty flick and Danni Garwood duly converted it. City continued to play well and where really unlucky not to be leading at half time. City continued their good play into the 2nd half and it was once again against the run of play as North Norfolk scored again. City 2s rallied in the final few minutes but some good saves and some near misses meant it just wasn't City's day. The Mens 2s were also left equally frustrated as they took on a strong and experienced Dereham side, goals from Stuart Wardle and Jeremy Elliot weren't enough for City as they were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw.  
The Ladies 3s picked up one of the results of the day as they beat local rivals Broadland 1s 4-2 at Taverham. In what was a tight first half City were left frustrated with missed changes however were relieved when Emily Spencer converted an excellent PC strike for a 1-0 half time lead. Broadland equalised however after half time from a PC of their own before Sophia Bassett and Emily Greenway managed to knock in goals to regain City's lead. Broadland scrambled home another goal to make it a nervy finish however Sophia Basset was taken down on goal and was awarded a penalty flick, she converted her 14th goal of the season and City's Ladies went on to win 4-2. The Mens 3s had similar success as they won 5-2 away to Norwich Dragons 3s. City created plenty of chances in the first half and scored two well taken goals from Rees Leonard (PC) and Ben Plumb, Dragons managed to pull one goal back just before the break from a PC (Despite the umpire forgetting you can only use one side of the stick!) After the break City continued to create numerous chances and were rewarded with three further goals from Toby Leonard, Rees Leonard (PC) and Ben Plumb as they ran home comfortable winners.  
The Ladies 4s and Mens 4s both had tough defeats to swallow as the Ladies lost 3-0 at home to Loddon meanwhile the Mens 4s lost 5-2 at home to Sudbury 2s despite leading 1-0 at the break thanks to a goal from Jamie Higginbotham. The 5s however both picked up victories, the Ladies 5s had a fantastic result as they picked up their 2nd league win of the season as they beat top of the league Broadland 2s 2-1, thanks to goals from Ellie Hobden and Maria Marsh, meanwhile the Mens 5s now top Division 4NE as they picked up a victory away to local rivals Norwich Dragons 4s, Dragons led at half time 1-0 before Ady Marr converted a PC and Haren Patel converted a PS as the 5s turned it around in the 2nd half and sealed out another hard worked win.  
The Mens 6s picked up a romping 4-0 win at home to local rivals Norwich Dragons 6s, they led 3-0 at half time thanks to two clinical finishes from Charles Anderson and a well-placed strike from Dave Woodward. The 6s tired a little in the 2nd half but still managed to rack up another goal as Charles Anderson completed his hatrick. The Ladies 6s also managed to score 4 goals as they picked up an excellent and exciting 4-4 draw against Broadland 3s. There were goals from Abigail Flatt, Frances Underhill, Julia Marchant and a goal in the last minute of the game to equalise from Emily Williams. The Mens 7s were unlucky to lose their first game of the season as they lost 4-3 away to Pelicans 4s, despite taking the lead from Saverio Iaccarino, they went on to being 4-1 down at half time. City fought back though hard in the 2nd half and brought the score back to 4-3 thanks to goals from Luke Keeley and a 2nd from Saverio Iaccarino but there wasn't quite enough in the tank as City couldn't quite find the equaliser.

Norwich City HC Quiz Night
19 Oct 2017
On Saturday 4th November we'll be hosting a Quiz and Chips evening at the clubhouse in Taverham. All members, family, friends and guests are welcome to come along, either come alone and make a team on the night or sort yourself a team (teams are up to 6 people!).  
Prices are £5 adults and £3 juniors, payable on the night.  
Doors open from 6.30pm, the quiz will start promptly at 7.00pm.

Congratulations to the August 2017 Lottery winners - D. Taylor, P. Wright & J. Stanghan
29 Sep 2017
Congratulations to our August 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
Winner: Dan Taylor  
Runner-up: Peter Wright  
Third Place: Jenni Stanghan  
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Norwich City HC 2017/2018 Fantasy League is open and FREE for you to start to create your own team
25 Sep 2017
Our very own Norwich City HC fantasy league for the 2017/2018 season has opened and you can now create your very own mixed team from players throughout the club. 
Visit the fantasy page on the website via http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and begin to pick a player from each team across the club, one player maximum from each team (excluding the GK) and start to see how your team compares with others as the season progresses. 
Points are awarded to each player based upon games they play in, appearances, the results of those games, the goals they are scoring (more so for defenders and midfielders than forwards), their attendance at training, plus whether they are involved in coaching and umpiring. 
It is FREE to take part, pick your team now and make tweaks during September and October, and after that you will be permitted to make one player change per month. Just login to the NCHC and go to http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and start to have some fun exploring the 100s of players we have playing in our 16 teams across the club.

Membership sign up deadline
19 Sep 2017
We are contacting all members as an executive committee to remind you all that everyone must have subscribed to a membership package by the end of this month (30th September 2017). The window will then close and only standard subs (as per previous seasons) will apply.  
It is also the deadline to sign up for standard subs, anyone signing up after 30 September 2017 will have to pay an increased subscription fee. Please see the INFORMATION > FEES/SUBS section of the website for exact fee details. 
Furthermore we want to note that given the introduction of new packages there will be less cash sums collected each weekend, therefore if you don't have enough cash on a match day to reimburse umpires or travel expenses please contact me (accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk ) to organise for reimbursement. Ideally the reimbursement will take place to one member of the team, or be used from previous weeks fees collected where viable.  
I think it would be useful if each team could allocate a person to be responsible for money collection, and let me know who the individual responsible is as soon as possible, this will make the process a little easier via one method of contact and reimbursement.

Graham Britton
16 Sep 2017
Several of you will have heard by now that our Goalkeeper Coach and former Club Coach Graham Britton unfortunately collapsed and suffered a brain haemorrhage whilst in Corfu 3 weeks ago. Graham has been in an induced coma as they waited for him to stabilise sufficiently so that he could be flown home. He is now sufficiently stable to allow that to happen but they are now awaiting a bed at the Norfolk & Norwich to become available. We send our best wishes to Liz, Andrew and Alice who have now returned home ahead of Grahams expected return.

New membership packages are already proving to be very popular amongst members this season
23 Aug 2017
With the new 2017 season starting to get under way you may have noticed that following discussions with members at the end last season we've now launched some new packages "in addition" to what we had before in terms of membership options. 
Have you ever wanted to pay a fixed fee and not have to pay for training, or bring cash to matches (or for parents not have to send your children to games with their match fees), then the new PLATINUM (ALL INCLUSIVE) package might be the one for you. If you play and train quite regularly throughout the season then you'll probably want to take a look at PLATINUM (ALL INCLUSIVE), many are saying it is much cheaper than the traditional methods from last season. But if you do your own sums from what you paid last season and compare you'll be able to see whether this is also the package for you. 
If you train less but play frequently then the DIAMOND package might be a consideration for you, again paying for all your matches in a fixed regular payment approach means you just turn up and play, or for parents you just send the children along and they don't need to stick their match fees in their socks or bottom of their stick bag where it might be lost. 
Those that play infrequently or just want to be a member of the club then we have a membership option for you, allowing you to play a limited number of games for a reduced membership rate which might suit those players that want to part of the club but just can't play as often as they would like. 
The new packages will suit some of our members but not all, many are just doing the sums and finding it is a very efficient and easy way to pay for their hockey throughout the season, but for many they are also finding it is much cheaper than what they paid across all of last season. 
Don't forget that whilst we have some great new membership choice options available to suit such a wide range of members' needs, we still have the traditional options available, so you may elect to stick with exactly what you've already been doing, pay your annual membership and pay each time you play or train, not a problem, but if you visit our membership page (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/membership) you'll find lots more details of what options you have to choose from or simply click to renew in the same way as you did last year. 
If you are not sure or need advice in making a decision then please drop us an email via membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we'll let you know more and help you make a decision on what might work for you. If you know which is best and the website explains enough to make a decision then just sign up for direct debit or pay online via credit/debit card via our fully secure website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk).

Congratulations to July 2017 Lottery winners: A. Colman, A. Paterson and N. Hales
22 Aug 2017
Congratulations to our July 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
Winner: Andrew Colman  
Runner-up: Alistair Paterson  
Third Place: Nick Hales  
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Club Members participate in European Masters
21 Aug 2017
Congratulations to club members Sally Rose, Debs Painter and Jon Painter who have just competed in the European Masters Championships held in Tilburg, Netherlands. 
Sally represented England in the Womens O45's who finished as Runners-up to The Netherlands. 
Debs and Jon Painter represented Wales and both had the honour of captaining the Womens O40's and Mens O45's respectively. The Welsh Womens O40's finished 6th and the Welsh Mens O45's finished 7th.

Over 100 members, family and friends of Norwich City Hockey Club joined us for Club Day 2017
20 Aug 2017
It was great to see a good number of members, family and friends turning out at Sunny Taverham on Sunday 20th August to participate and watch our annual mixed inter club hockey festival. Our annual club day helps to celebrate and kick start the new season and brings players and non-players from across many of our 20 teams together to meet and greet and play in some fun spirited, yet sometimes competitive, mixed festival style hockey. Again we had 8 teams participating and it was with great delight that club day organiser Pies was at long last able to crown his own team as winners following a number of years of failed attempts and unsuccessful rigging of the team selections. 
Well done to Team Brines / Cookes / Stanghan (and Aaron) on your victory winning the event. 
Thank you to everybody who helped with organising during the day, from the team on the BBQ to the helpers behind the bar, the umpiring of the games through to of course all the players and supporters whom turned up. 
Also, it was great to welcome Exclusive Hockey and their mobile shop to the club, if you want anything else then don't forget to use your club discount code when visiting their website at https://www.exclusivehockey.co.uk. 
Finally, good luck to all of our officials, players and teams as we continue our pre-season preparations and move into playing our friendly fixtures and getting ourselves ready for the league campaign ahead.

Congratulations to JUNE 2017 Lottery winners: M. Davey, P. Ayers and D. Dack
9 Aug 2017
Congratulations to our JUNE 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
Winner: Maurice Davey 
Runner-up: Paul Ayers  
Third Place: Derek Dack  
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Women's World Cup 2018 - Public Ballot
8 Aug 2017
Pure hockey gold is coming to London in 2018, showcasing the biggest hockey event in the world, the Hockey Women's World Cup! Get behind England's women; be the difference pitchside with Norwich City Hockey Club! Every voice, every cheer, every fan counts as they go for gold and glory! 
Your next opportunity to buy tickets is in the Public Ballot, which opens on 19 August. With limited England tickets available, don't miss your opportunity to watch your national team try to create history! 
To receive the latest Public Ballot information link below by 15 August. 
https://r1.surveysandforms.com/124fue83-bf2hmmc7?club=Norwich City HC&NGNumber=205661  
or alternatively go to the England Hockey website and follow the links to register! 
To cater for public demand, the Public Ballot will run from the 19 August - 6 September. You'll be able to select multiple tickets for different sessions 
Tickets will be assigned at random to those that have applied and NOT on a first come first serve basis. If you are successful, your payment will automatically be taken.

Have you registered for Club Day on Sunday 20th August?
8 Aug 2017
Our Club Day is as always open to all members, families, friends and those just wanting to come along and enjoy the day. It is being run on Sunday 20th August at Taverham starting from 10am, and will as always be a mixed ability hockey festival, inviting all players of all abilities from our vets through to our developments (O13s) and from beginners right through to our first team players.  
It will be a 10am meet and please bring a coloured/yellow and white shirt to wear during the day.  
Teams are arranged through the website registration process so let us know that you intend to come along, our aim is to create balanced teams so nobody needs to feel like they aren't capable of playing in what is already a fun hockey event.  
We will have the usual food on the BBQ and the bar will be open all day for drinks and snack.

Getting ready for the 2017/2018 hockey season...
3 Aug 2017
The website has now been reset for the 2017/2018 hockey season so everybody should now be able to login for the new season and firstly make sure that their details are all up to date and accurate.  
FIXTURES will be finalised through August and these will be published on the website once they are completed. 
Captains are also now starting to plan and organise their squads for this season so it would be really appreciated if players could log on and update their AVAILABILITY for at least the first few months (including September and October), it doesn't take long to do and would really help our captains with their pre-season planning duties! 
Our MEMBERSHIP payment services are also now open and you'll have hopefully heard about our additional packages for this season, including the excellent value "all you can play hockey" option which can be paid using direct debit and spread over a number of months. 
TRAINING is now under way and we are continuing to run GK sessions on Mondays, mens and boys sessions on Tuesdays and ladies and girls sessions on Wednesdays, with Thursdays now being used to run a number of additional sessions. You can find more about what sessions taken place when by looking at our training page. 
The website should hopefully provide all information you require but please do get in touch if you have any question (enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk).

NCHC Membership packages have launched... grab them while you can!
23 Jul 2017
At the request of many members over previous years we have pleasure to announce the launch of the Club's new membership packages including the option to pay by direct debit. The window for opting into these packages closes on 23 September 2017. 
We are encouraging as many members to sign up to direct debit packages this year because it saves both you and the club time, which could be better spent playing hockey or socialising! Furthermore it will prevent the need to bring along cash to matches and be chased for any outstanding debts which, as you know, have given rise to a few selection issues. 
The membership packages, and full details, can be found on the website.  
Once logged in please navigate to the Information tab, Fees/Subscriptions page, and scroll down to Packages.  
WE NOTE IMPORTANTLY that training and match fees will only be covered by your package that you select, from the day in which your direct debit has been successfully set up/confirmed (you will get an email notifying you of this). You will pay separately for all sessions that you attend prior this date. 
As an overview the packages are as follows: 
> PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP - includes annual subs, matches & training fees - £270 (adult), £180 (student/concession), £150 junior. ALL PAYABLE UPFRONT OR VIA 6 MONTH DD  
[Note: All training fees, as soon as you have signed up, will be included in this package price even if your team holds more than one session per week] 
> DIAMOND MEMBERSHIP - includes annual subs & matches, NO training fees - £210 (adult), £150 (student/concession), £120 junior. ALL PAYABLE UPFRONT OR VIA 6 MONTH DD 
> STANDARD MEMBERSHIP - includes annual subs only - £80 (adult), £55 (student/concession), £50 junior. ALL PAYABLE UPFRONT OR VIA 4 MONTH DD 
> PAY & PLAY - all matches and training should be paid for based on you attending, the fees include a membership element for each time you attend to ensure you are still a member of the club.  
Committee members will be available all day in the Clubhouse on Club Day (20th August) with a laptop set up. This will help us to answer any questions and queries you may have, and/or help to guide you through the selection of your membership online.  
If you have any queries whatsoever please contact Guy (membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk) or Maria (accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk). 
USEFUL FAQ's (under continual expansion as questions arise from members…) 
1. Does the Platinum and Diamond membership include all games or only league games? 
The match fees included in these packages do not include training matches nor competition matches played primarily on Sundays, they include only formally organised mens and ladies friendlies and league matches during the current season. 
2. If the package I choose does not included matches or training how do I pay for these? 
This will be the same as previous seasons, in that you will be expected to bring cash to each match/training session or pay for these directly online. 
3. Who is Go Cardless and how are they involved? 
NCHC is introducing the use of GoCardless, an online Direct Debit solution that's simple to setup, manage and use. GoCardless has been selected given it charges the club less to process each individual transaction than the previously used paypal. Go Cardless is therefore our direct debit payment provider. All T&C s and the Direct Debit Guarantee is available on their site https://gocardless.com/legal. It will be your responsibility to ensure sufficient funds exist in your account on the date of the scheduled direct debit. 
4. What day will my direct debt payment take place? 
Your first DD payment will take place on the last day of the month in which you sign up and the mandate is approved & accepted by your bank. You will receive an email notification from 'help@GoCarless.com" once your direct debit has been set up and it will inform you of the monthly payment amount, the date the payment will be taken each month and the end date of the direct debit. It will further confirm the membership option you have selected on the website. If you do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folder. If you have any queries please contact membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk or accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk 
5. How long does it take for the DD payment to be set up? 
Please allow approximately 5 working days before your direct debit mandate is authorised, prior to your direct debit being approved and set up, you will need to continue to pay the standard rates for match fees and training until this time. Once all has been set up we can reimburse any overpayments made.  
6. What training sessions will be included in the Platinum membership? 
All training sessions that you attend as a club member will be included, even if you are a one/twos team player and have two sessions a week these will all be included. 
7. When will my training/match fees be covered from? 
As soon as your direct debit has been successfully set up/confirmed then all future sessions that you attend (dependant on your package choice) will be covered from that date onwards. For example if you signed up now and the direct debt was confirmed by tomorrow then all sessions would be covered from tomorrow onwards. 
8. How will the payment appear on my bank statement? 
Payments will appear on your bank statement as "GoCardless, ref: NCHC - " followed by a unique reference number.  
9. If I choose to leave the club, take a break from Hockey or if I change my bank account, can I cancel my Direct Debit? 
This may be possible, but do not just cancel from your bank, please first contact membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk and accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk if this is the case. We will be monitoring if direct debits fail so will be in contact if any sort of instance takes place for you without prior notification.

Our website has now been upgraded to a secure website using SSL and HTTPS
5 Jul 2017
We are always continuing to ensure that the data we hold and process on behalf of the club and our members is managed in an extremely secure and safe, and to further protect your data we've now added additional website security using SSL and HTTPS. 
This means we are encrypting the data you provide to us, which means your experience and your information is handled online in a more secure and safe manner. 
You should not notice any difference whilst visiting our site, but if you experience any problems then please get in touch with us via admin@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Congratulations to some of our Norwich City HC members for making the England Hockey Mixed Squads
3 Jul 2017
After an extensive selection process during June and July it is great news that a number of our Norwich City HC members have been selected for the England Mixed Squads and will be representing England in the forthcoming tournaments in August. 
Well done to Alastair Cooke, Thomas Cooke and Felicity Williams for making the England Mixed Senior Squad and Louis Preston for making the England Senior Lions Mixed Squad. 
Good luck in the matches to come.

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